HRH, the Princess Royal, great-aunt of the bridegroom, and the Earl and Countess of Harewood, cousins of both bride and bridegroom, were among those attending the wedding at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on Wednesday of Miss Rosemary Anne Stucley, second daughter of Mr D F B Stucley, High Sheriff of Devon and Mayor of Bideford, and the Hon Mrs Stucley, of Hartland Abbey, to Viscount Boyne, of Burwarton House, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Also present was the bride’s grandmother, Lady Poltimore, who had flown from Rhodesia to attend the ceremony.
Miss Rosemary Stucley is well known locally as a keen horsewoman and a regular follower of the Dulverton Foxhounds. She has deputised for her mother, the Mayoress of Bideford, at several public functions in recent months.
Lord Boyne has served with the Grenadier Guards for four years and was recently with the BAOR. He is a keen motorist and has taken part in the Monte Carl Rally for the past two years. He carried the Queen’s Colour at her Coronation.
The wedding ceremony was conducted by the Rector of St Margaret’s, Canon Charles Smyth.
Given in marriage by her father, Miss Stucley wore a gown of cream and silver French brocade woven in a rose design, the draped heart shaped bodice embroidered in diamante and drop pearls, and the long train falling from the waist was lined with organza. Her family veil of Brussels lace was surmounted by a diamond tiara belonging to Viscount Boyne and she carried a cascade bouquet of longi-florum lilies, lilies of the valley and white roses.
Behind the bride walked two pages – Viscount Lascelles and the Hon Nicholas Grenfell – attired in uniforms that were replicas in miniature of those worn by Grenadier Guardsmen of the early 19th century. Following the pages were two little girls – the Hon Gillian Forbes and Veronica Hamilton-Russell – and six older attendants – Misses Christine and Sara Stucley, sisters of the bride, the Hon Prudence McCorquodale, Miss Penelope Chichester, Miss Valerie Maxwell and Miss Rose Lycett Green. Mrs Stucley chose a fitting dress of grey wild silk worn with pink accessories.
Mr Michael Colvin, Grenadier Guards, was best man.
Mr and the Hon Mrs Stucley received their guests at a reception at Londonderry House, Park Lane, following which the bride and bridegroom left for the honeymoon which will be spent touring Europe.
Wedding gifts to the bride included a Parker 51 pen from the Alderman, Councillors and senior officials of Bideford Borough Council; a riding crop from the Hartland Abbey staff; a portable wireless set from the tenants of the North Molton estate; a silver rose bowl from the tenants of the Affeton Castle estate; and a tennis racket and set complete from the employees of the Affeton and North Molton estates.